BOONE — High Country Pride (HCP) will hold its Masquerade Halloween dance for ages 21 and up on Oct. 31 from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Broyhill Inn, 775 Bodenheimer Dr.This party offers an night of costumes on parade, mysterious identities and dancing. Enjoy upbeat hit music from all eras, club-style lighting and a cash bar. Come early and enjoy a special dinner buffet in the Broyhill Inn’s Jackson Dining Room for an additional fee.

Admission is $10 and tickets are limited. Proceeds from the dance support High Country Pride and AIDS Leadership Foothills-area Alliance (ALFA). “We’re hoping for an old-fashioned masquerade ball with all types of costumes and disguises,” said Gordon Hensley, one of the organizers. “In fact, we’re giving away free masks to the first 50 guests. Get your tickets in advance — this is going to be the most fun you can find on Halloween night!” he concluded.Admission is $10 and supports two local non-profits. Enjoy music from all eras, special lighting, and a cash bar. Dinner buffet is on site for an additional fee. Volunteers are also need.

For more information, to purchase tickets or to volunteer, email or visit

In other news, HCP is accepting applications for its $500 Academic Award until Oct. 30. This is open to LGBT or ally students seeking post-secondary college education. Applicants must be from Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Yancey or Wilkes counties and registered for three-quarter time attendance in a post-secondary institution.

Visit the website for more detailed information, including a link to download the Award questionnaire.

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.